Would you like to try snorkeling? Then learn how to use your mask and snorkel properly!
This article was originally published here.
Accessible to all, the simplicity of snorkeling is attracting more and more people to the sport. However, it's important to know a few rules for using your equipment in order to make the most of your underwater adventure.
Carla, our product engineer for masks and snorkels, explains how to correctly use your mask and to position your snorkel.
1. A FEW USAGE REMINDERS
- A mask with a textile strap, or a silicone strap? If you have long hair, you should choose a textile strap that won't get tangled in your hair.
- Select a snorkel according to your physique! Some are suited for adults, while others are best for children.
- Adjust the mask strap using the tightening buckles.
- Pull your hair back before putting on the mask is so that it doesn't interfere with the mask's seal on your face.
- The strap should be horizontal at the back of your head, or pulled up slightly towards the top of your head.
- Place the snorkel at the right height so that it's level with your mouth, without any tension.
- Don't forget that the other end of the snorkel must remain out of the water.
2. CHOOSING THE RIGHT SNORKEL
Classical snorkel or one with a valve?
When buying a snorkel for snorkeling, you have two choices: a classical snorkel or one with a valve. They work the same, except that a valve-style snorkel has a valve at the bottom for easier clearing of any water that might enter the snorkel. In fact, the water will naturally exit through the valve.
Watch our video tutorials for a better understanding of how both snorkel styles work.
VIDEO TUTORIAL: Using a classical snorkel
VIDEO TUTORIAL: Using a valve-type snorkel